A man fighting the coronavirus says he could barely stand after falling ill while singing in the choir
A Georgian man battling the coronavirus says he could barely get up after probably contracting the disease while singing in a 100-person church choir.
Clay Bentley sang in the church choir on Liberty Square in Cartersville, Georgia on March 1.
Bentley said he woke up feeling awful the next day and went to an emergency room in Rome, Georgia, where they checked his vital signs and noticed that his oxygen levels were very low.
“I was coughing and I had a fever. To sweat. Cold shivers. I didn’t even have enough energy to get up, ‘Bentley said on Wednesday.
“I’ve had the flu before, but I’ve never felt so bad,” he added.
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Clay Bentley (pictured) currently fighting the coronavirus said that at one point he could barely stand after probably contracting the disease while singing in a 100-person church choir in Georgia last week
Bentley sang in the Church Choir on Liberty Square (pictured) in Cartersville, Georgia on March 1
He initially went to an emergency room where they checked his vital signs and noticed that his oxygen levels were very low.
Bentley was subsequently sent to the Redmond Regional Medical Center with, in his opinion, flu-like symptoms.
But he says that after he was tested for the flu, his test results were negative.
The hospital then sent him home because, according to Bentley, doctors said he didn’t meet the criteria needed to be tested for the coronavirus, since he hadn’t been out of the country lately.
But Bentley was getting worse. He said he called the hospital and said he felt they had “sent me home to die.”
When he returned to the hospital, doctors discovered that he had pneumonia in both lungs. Then he tested positive for the coronavirus.
Bentley (photo with his wife) went to a local hospital that sent him home after saying he did not meet the criteria to be tested for the coronavirus
But Bentley (left and right, with his wife) got worse. He said he called the hospital and said he felt they had “sent me home to die.” When he returned to the hospital, doctors discovered that he had pneumonia in both lungs. Then he tested positive for coronavirus
In a Facebook post, Bentley said that Vice President Mike Pence had even called him to wish him the best.
“So you know your life in a great country when the Vice President calls to tell you that he is personally praying for your recovery … Mike Pence, you lord are such a wonderful leader … and share the love of Jesus with you was an honor !!! Bentley wrote.
Bentley, who is still quarantined in the hospital, said he has been feeling a little better since the initial diagnosis.
His wife, adult son and four-year-old grandson are also quarantined.
Since his performance, Bentley has heard that seven other people who were also in the choir are now in hospitals.
It’s unclear if that number is correct, but the Liberty Square church confirmed that two people were positive for COVID-19. That song includes Bentley.
There are a total of 1,364 cases of coronavirus in the United States and 39 deaths
This image shows the escalation of the coronavirus in the United States since January 21
The church was forced to cancel services to decontaminate on Wednesday evening.
“We received an official report today from the Northwest Georgia Department of Public Health that there were two confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 attending the Church in Liberty Square on Sunday morning services in the past two weeks,” the church said.
“Public health officials are asking church members to check their health for fever, cough, and shortness of breath,” the statement added.
The church said it will resume normal services on Sunday March 15.
“Our ministry team is advised to wash their hands, practice good hygiene, and stay home when they are sick,” Church leaders said.
There are a total of 1,364 cases of coronavirus in the United States and 39 deaths.
Worldwide, there are more than 125,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus and more than 4,600 deaths.